OHS Counseling Staff

Counselor's Educational Background

Mr. Steve King - This is my 27th year in education with the last 21 as a High School Guidance Counselor. This will be my 17th year at Oakville High School. I have earned both my Bachelor of Education and Master of Education-Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. I also have a Master of Science in Secondary School Administration from Southwest Baptist University, in Bolivar Missouri.

Dr. Jennifer Gross – Having grown up in the Mehlville School District, I am very excited to be working at Oakville High School. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Benedictine College, my master’s degree in Education/Counseling and my Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction from Missouri Baptist University, and my Educational Doctorate in Leadership from Lindenwood University. During the 2009/2010 school year, I worked as the Alternative Education Counselor at St. Clair High School, and have worked with the freshmen at Oakville since 2010.  I enjoy working with my students as they begin their high school career and love watching them mature into young adults!

Ms. Martha Honaker - I grew up in suburban New Orleans. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English and French from Northwestern State University and my Master of Education in guidance counseling from Loyola University in New Orleans. In addition, I have completed 45 graduate hours beyond my M.A. by taking classes that focus on student achievement, at-risk behaviors, and school administration. This is my 31st year in education and my 15th year at Oakville High School.

Ms. Nancy Puricelli - I have had the pleasure of working in education since 1976. I started my career in the St. Louis Public Schools as a high school math teacher and became a Guidance Counselor in 1989. I earned both my Bachelor of Arts degree in Math and Master of Arts degree in Education/Counseling at Saint Louis University. I have taken graduate education courses through several universities accumulating 45 additional credit hours beyond my M.A. This is my 22nd year as a Counselor at Oakville High School.

Mr. Chris Ventimiglia - After graduating from Mehlville High in 1991, I attended SLCC-Meramec and then UMSL where I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in secondary education with certification in Social Studies. I taught social studies at Hancock High School for eight years. The last two years at Hancock, I served as both a social studies teacher and counselor. In 2006, I graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a Master's degree in school counseling. This is my 10th year at Oakville.

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